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Democrat in Clarence town justice race raises finances as issue

The only competitive race in Clarence this fall is for town justice.

With Republican Robert Sillars not seeking re-election, Jonathan S. Hickey is taking on Ryan J. Mills.

They squared off in June, when Hickey won the Republican primary and Mills won the Democratic contest. Mills also has Working Families support while Hickey also appears on the Conservative, Green and Independence lines.

Hickey, 43, a former town prosecutor, is confidential law clerk to State Supreme Court Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek. Mills, 41, is an attorney in private practice. Both serve on the town's Zoning Board of Appeals.

Mills has pledged not to accept the the position's $40,000 salary his first year and tried to make fundraising a campaign issue. He funded his race with a $10,000 personal loan and criticized Hickey for raising more than $40,000, public records show, including contributions from lawyers who appear in State Supreme Court.

Hickey said in a Facebook post that he's proud of the campaign he has run this year.

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